Thunder Of USAC Midgets & Modifieds To Take To The Hill At Grandview August 3rd

Story By: BOB MILLER / THUNDER ON THE HILL – BECHTELSVILLE, PA – Advance tickets are available for the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series event at the Grandview Speedway on Tuesday night, August 3.

The stars and cars of the NOS ENERGY USAC National Eastern Midget Week will be on the Hill in the 30 lap Ken Brenn Midget Masters joined by the Modifieds, racing in a 30 lap feature paying $5,000 to any pre-entered first time Thunder winner and $3,500 for a repeat winner.

Bonus money is posted by Pioneer Pole Buildings and GT Radiators. Additional bonus money for pre-entered drivers includes an extra $200 for the runner-up spot in the feature and $100 going to each Modified heat race winner. In addition, the USAC Midget fast time of the night will pocket $150 in cash plus a 3 pack of wine, courtesy of Clever Girl Winery in Bangor, PA. Race time is set for 7:30 PM with gates opening at 5 PM.

Many race fans take advantage of the Thunder on the Hill Advance Ticket program. Fans with advance tickets may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM providing them with choice seating. There are no reserved seats. Advance tickets are available by calling 443 513 4456. Please speak clearly and provide your first and last name and the number of tickets you need. Tickets may be paid for and picked up at the WILL CALL window on race night after 4 PM. We ask that you please bring exact change. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM. Advance tickets orders can be processed up to the day before the race. We apologize, but advance tickets will NOT be available on race day.

A talented field of NOS Energy USAC Midget entries include point leader Buddy Kofoid, Chris Windom, Justin Grant (recent USAC Sprint winner at Grandview), Emerson Axsom, Tanner Thorson, Thomas Meseraull, Daison Pursley, Logan Seavey, Kevin Thomas Jr., Jason McDougal and Cannon McIntosh. We should expect some popular local midget stars to be in the field as well. The USAC Midgets will open the show with the Clever Girl Winery Time Trials followed by qualifying events all leading up to the 30 lap $4,000 to win NOS Energy USAC Ken Brenn Midget Masters.

The variety of bonus money for the modifieds makes this big payoff short distance event a thriller. Drivers looking for the Pioneer Pole Building $5,000 first times winners payoff include Kyle Weiss, Dylan Swinehart, Brian Hirthler, Dominick Buffalino, Davey Sammons, Mike Lisowski, Craig Whitmoyer, Mark Kratz, Justin Grim, Mike Tyson and Jack Butler to name a few. A sample of some of the pre-entries that were previous Thunder winners chasing the $3.500 prize include Jeff Strunk, Craig Von Dohren, Duane Howard, Billy Pauch Jr., Ryan Watt, Kevin Hirthler, Rick Laubach, Mike Gular, Brett Kressley and Kenny Gilmore. To be eligible for the posted bonus, drivers are asked to pre-enter by calling 443 513 4456. There is no entry fee.

Special thanks to the fine sponsors who support this event including NAPA Auto Parts, the season long series sponsor of Thunder on the Hill. Also, Pioneer Pole Buildings the premier builder of post frame buildings in PA, NJ, DE, MD, WV, VA and NY, with their business located on South Route 183 in Schuylkill Haven, PA. For more information, please call 888-448-2505. Also a big part of the Thunder Series is GT Radiator Repair, specializing in automotive radiators, including antique car radiators and commercial truck radiators. Reach out to GT Radiators for auto, truck or heavy equipment radiator needs, contact Harry or George Turner at GT Radiators in Ambler, PA And a new sponsor to this event, Clever Girl Winery offers wine tastings Friday through Sunday. Plan a visit to the Clever Girl Winery located at 15 Broadway in downtown Bangor, PA. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and visit their website at

This special night of racing is dedicated to Ken Brenn, an individual with a reputation rich in midget history and someone who once promoted midget racing at Grandview. Ken Brenn is an absolute “class act” and has been part of the local racing fabric for many years, enjoying much success in the midgets, also a modified car owner and a former promoter. Ken plans on attending this special event in his honor.

The Tuesday, August 3 event at Grandview Speedway opens the five race Eastern Swing of the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Speed Week. Track gates at Grandview will open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM.

Adult admission tickets are $28, Children 6 to 11 are $10, Children 5 and under will be admitted free. The pit fee is $40, and a license is not required.